Security Council Norms and Practice on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
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This paper examines developments in Security Council (the Council) language relating to the protection of civilians (PoC) in its situation-specific resolutions4 from January 2009 to October 2013. During this period, concerns relating to PoC have been included more frequently and more comprehensively in situation-specific resolutions. Nonetheless scope remains for greater consistency in the Council’s approach on how it addresses PoC from one context to another, and in some cases in successive resolutions addressing the same situation. Greater effort is also required to systematically integrate language adopted in thematic resolutions relevant to the protection of civilians, which often present significant developments in the Council’s approach, into its situation-specific resolutions.